2018 oprainfall Awards: Hottest Guy

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Hottest Guy

Previous Winners
2016: Gladiolus (Final Fantasy XV)
2017: Mario (Super Mario Odyssey)

One of the greatest things about video games is the wide breadth of subjects, genres and styles developers can tap into for our entertainment, and that holds especially true for character designs. Whether it’s hard and grizzled criminals, destined warriors, school boys, or even robots, video games have got your husbando needs covered.

Goro Majima (Yakuza Kiwami 2)
Goro Majima
NA Release Date: Aug. 28, 2018
Platform(s): PlayStation 4

It’s really hard not to like Majima, especially when he goes out of his way to be so dashing. (Or rather, bashing? Eh? Eh? That was terrible, I’ll see myself out now.) This slightly-unhinged yakuza doesn’t quite have a heart of gold, but his personality shines almost as brightly as his abs, and his terrible fashion sense adds just the right amount of je ne sais quoi to make a compelling – and most importantly, sexy – ruffian.

Kazuma Kiryu (Yakuza 6, Yakuza Kiwami 2)

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Yakuza 6 NA Release Date: April 17, 2018
Yakuza Kiwami 2 NA Release Date: Aug. 28, 2018
Platform(s): PlayStation 4

2018 was a good year for Kazuma fans. Whether young and idealistic, or weathered and wise, there was a Kiryu for everyone. His staunch faith in his ideals has always been a massive draw, and seeing our reticent yet earnest protagonist face hardship adds to his appeal. It doesn’t hurt that the Dragon Engine renders our Dragon of Dojima in such fine detail, either. So which do you prefer? Young or old? (That’s a trick question, it’s both.)

Link (Hyrule Warriors)
Link | Hyrule Warriors
NA Release Date: May 18, 2018
Platform(s): Nintendo Switch

The quintessential silent protagonist, Link has never looked so good as he does in Team Ninja’s Hyrule Warriors. He’s just the right amount of muscular and pretty boy, and that scarf! Beautiful. I’ve always been a sucker for elf boys, and Link stands high atop that prestigious mountain for good reason.

Shinjiro (Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight)
Persona 3 Dancing | Atlus
NA Release Date: Dec. 4, 2018
Platform(s): PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita

That cool beanie. That long coat. Those cold eyes. Everything about Shinjiro screams cool and aloof. And when the chips are down, he can definitely break out the moves and up the ante on sexy. He gives off that bad boy mysterious vibe, so I’m not surprised he’s as popular as he is. I wonder just how many moves he’s got?

Tundra Man (Mega Man 11)
Mega Man 11 | Capcom
NA Release Date: Oct. 4, 2018
Platform(s): Windows, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch

Whoever said robots can’t be sexy? Because that person is wrong. Tundra Man is a tour de force of character design, from his elegant pose to the ice skates on his boots. He’s a perfectly manufactured master of death. Even his hair can wreck your day! That kind of all-in-one package doesn’t come around very often.

And the winner is…
Goro Majima!

Yakuza Kiwami 2 | Sega
And the yakuza bashes his way to the top! (No seriously, I’ll stop now.) The adage is that women like bad boys, but in Majima’s case, it’s equal opportunity sexy, as this Mad Dog of Shimano enjoys universal adoration. He had some stiff competition, including fellow Yakuza co-star Kiryu, but in the end, it’s hard to look at that gruff face and stylish construction helmet and not be enamored.

Thanks to Brandon and Brodie for the awesome Featured Images

About Leah McDonald

Leah's been playing video games since her brother first bought an Atari back in the 1980s and has no plans to stop playing anytime soon. She enjoys almost every genre of game, with some of her favourites being Final Fantasy Tactics, Shadow of the Colossus, Suikoden II and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. Leah lives on the East Coast with her husband and son.